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My Favorite Fashion Critic

November 18, 2008

Each morning, my confidence to walk out the door in what I am wearing for work hinges upon JD’s response. That’s just how it is. Sometimes, I feel very sure of what I’m wearing, and then JD knocks me back into reality so I alter the ensemble. This is not controlling or sad since I whole-heartedly welcome his reaction: JD is a normal guy who, I believe, knows the difference between nice-looking and weird.

This morning, I tried something new. A navy cardigan over my gray above-the-knee-length dress with navy stockings and my tan boots. I thought it looked good.

JD: “So, you’re selling out?”

Kate: “What? What do you mean?”

JD: “You always made fun of the girls that wore leggings and said you’d never wear them, and now you are.”

Kate: “No, no! These are stockings!”

JD: “But they look like leggings.”

Kate: “But, they’re not, they’re tights.”

JD: “You’re still wearing leggings.”

After this exchange, I might have changed, but I knew I was right. So we headed into work, me in my smart outfit, knowing that a few Googled images could change his mind.

9:12 a.m. email from Kate to JD

There’s a big difference between leggings and tights.




9:14 email from JD to Kate

Right, but the point is, they look the same in boots. Turkey.

9:16 email from Kate to JD

But, they’re not. And leggings are typically black. And, mine are blue.
It’s not my fault that the tights people got pigeon-holed as leggings when boots are brought into the picture.
Turkey yourself.

9:21 G-chat from JD to Kate

you’re fashion-forward
what else can i say?


I’ll consider that a win.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. megstermeter permalink
    November 18, 2008 12:28 pm

    definitely tights. and does this mean you disapprove of my occasional leggings wearing? uh oh…

  2. Lauren permalink
    November 19, 2008 10:41 am

    I am not opposed to leggings. in fact, i embraced their return and bought them in 5 colors.

    That said, i also love tights, and fully recognize the difference.

    and you were wearing tights.

    JD: 0 Kate: 1

  3. November 23, 2008 2:59 pm

    I wear leggings but I put boots over them so they look like tights. Am I a sellout?

    I don’t like the footless leggings with regular shoes look. I do like the freedom that my toes feel when I don’t have to wear footed tights under boots. It’s all about having wiggle room!


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